PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A bomb threat to Penn Hills High School led to a chaotic evacuation leading to several fights and some students were arrested.
The school district blamed students, but parents are pointing the finger at the school’s evacuation plan as the real problem.
Hundreds of students were taken to an indoor athletic center where fights broke out and police threatened to use tasers to get the crowd under control.
At the first school board meeting since the incident, parents praised police and the school bus drivers, but they were highly critical of school administrators for their handling of the situation.
“I am tired of coming here month after month, listening to excuse after excuse about, ‘We’re going to get it right,’” Jennifer Johnson, a parent, said. “Get it right now!”
“These are my children that you’re dealing with. These are your children,” she added. “This is ridiculous and you should all be ashamed of yourselves.”
School board members did apologize to the public and said they will have a new plan in place if something like this happens before the start of school.